Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley

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A collection of approximately 200 interviews conducted between 1953 and 1990 with people who lived and worked in New Castle County, Delaware. The recollections of the subjects cover a period from about 1900 to 1960. While the majority of the interviews are with those who have a connection with the DuPont Company or du Pont family either as employees or inhabitants of the area surrounding the company's operation on the Brandywine River, the collection also includes interviews with those who worked in other industries in Delaware during this era such as Hodgson Woolen Mill, Lobdell Car Wheel Company, Hoopes Brother & Darlington, and Joseph Bancroft & Sons. In addition to documenting work and labor during this period, the interviewers delve deeply into the social and cultural lives of their subjects. Issues related to domesticity, gender, education, childhood, ethnicity, medicine, etc. are among the topics covered in the interviews. Also of note are interviews with a journalist (Fred Reybold) and an early broadcaster (Willard Wilson) who worked in Delaware.

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Interview with John A. Dougherty, 1956 October 19 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with John Dougherty who worked as a DuPont powder employee. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Philip Dougherty [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Philip Dougherty who worked in the Henry Clay Keg Factory. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Pierre Ferraro and Eugene Ferraro, 1955 June 13 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with brothers Pierre and Eugene Ferraro who both worked for DuPont and lived at Walkers Bank. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Bruce Green, 1974 March 28 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Bruce Green, whose father worked for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Samuel Hackendorn, 1958 July 24 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Samuel Hackendorn who lived in Charles Banks, Squirrel Run, and Free Park while his father worked in the Hagley Yard grinding mill. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Joseph A. Haley, 1955 February 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Joseph Haley who worked at Hagley's powder yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with John E. Krauss, 1958 May 14, 28 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with John E. Krauss who worked for the DuPont Personnel Department and who also lived in Squirrel Run while his father worked in the powder yards The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Harry E. Lee, 1955 February 2 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Harry Lee who worked at the Experimental Station and lived for a time in the Upper Banks area. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with William Frederick Lynch, 1956 October 5 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with William Frederick Lych who was employed in the powder yards and has many memories about life in the area. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Les Mathewson, undated and 1976 September 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Les Mathewson on stone quarrying.
Interview with John Peoples, 1957 June 13 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with John Peoples who who lived at the Keg Mill and worked in the Keg factory. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Louise F. Poole, 1974 March 4 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Louise Poole whose husband Edward worked at the Experimental Station and recounts her own work volunteering as well as her family geneology. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Robert E. Pyle Sr., 1958 October 27 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Robert Pyle who grew up in Wilmington and later worked for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Daniel F. Shields, 1958 March 19 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Daniel Shields who grew up on the Brandywine while his father worked in the charcoal building, and later on went onto work for DuPont as well, including on the company farm.
Interview with Edwin G. Smyth, 1974 January 29 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Edwin Smyth who did contract work on Hagley homes and whose father worked for Hagley in the powder yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Martin Luther Valentine, 1974 January [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Martin L. Valentine, a DuPont employee of 47 years in explosives. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Clarence L. Walker, 1956 October 26 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Clarence Walker who has recollections of Annie Oakley, traphsooting, and du Pont men. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Willard S. Wilson, 1977 June 2 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Willard Wilson who worked in radio broadcasting in Wilmington.
Interview with Walter Aurand, 1981 May 14 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Walter Aurand who worked for DuPont in the Experimental Station as a chemist.
Interview with Ralph Beech Brown, 1981 April 28 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Ralph Brown who worked in the Hagley Yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Eugene Bruno, 1981 March 12 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Eugene Bruno who lived in Squirrel Run and whose father worked in Hagley Yards. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with Eugene Bruno, 1984 June 11 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview conducted with Eugene Bruno who recounts his childhood on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with James Cammock, 1984 April 9 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with James Cammock who lived on Brecks Lane and whose father worked for Hagley and was killed in an explosion. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with James Cammock, 1984 July 24 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with James Cammock. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1984 February 15 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who lived in Free Park and discusses gardening there. The interview took place in New Castle, Delaware.

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